AIM Awards 2015 Nominees Announced

The nominees for this years AIM Awards were revealed last night at an exclusive launch event at House Of Vans in London with the winners set to be revealed at the AIM Awards ceremony on 8th September 2015 at The Brewery in London.

Now in its fifth year, the list of nominees for the upcoming awards once again highlights the diversity and creativity of independent music in 2015. We’re delighted to be distributing several of the nominees at this years awards including Courtney Barnett (nominated for three categories including Independent Breakthrough of the Year), JME and To Kill A King. Courtney Barnett releases her new single ‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party’ on the 18 September and will be touring the UK in November and December.

AIM AWARDS 2015 NOMINEES

BEST SMALL LABEL
in association with Disc Manufacturing Services
Basick Records
Erased Tapes Records
High Focus Records
Planet Mu Records
Rocket Girl

BEST DIFFICULT SECOND ALBUM
in association with XFM
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Holly Herndon – Platform
Nadine Shah – Fast Food
The 2 Bears – The Night is Young
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

SPECIAL CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR
in association with Amazon Music
Cities of Darkscorch Boardgame
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Inside the Pleasuredome
Bjork – Coloured Vinyl Catalogue Reissue
The Pretty Things – Bouquets From a Cloudy Sky
Imogen Heap – Sparks (Deluxe Boxset)
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Reissue

HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST
Courtney Barnett
Jme
Little Comets
Swans
Young Fathers

GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL
in association with AIF, voted for by readers of DIY
ArcTanGent
Barn On The Farm
Brainchild Festival
Pete The Monkey
Truck Festival

INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
Courtney Barnett
FKA twigs
Run The Jewels
Songhoy Blues
Wolf Alice

INDIE CHAMPION
in association with CI
Camilla Pia – BBC 6 Music
Marc Riley – BBC 6 Music
Peter Guy – Getintothis
Rupert Morrison – The Drift Record Shop
Tim Burgess – Songwriter & O Genesis Music Ltd

INDEPENDENT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
in association with Vevo
Alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine
Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me
Ghostpoet – Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me
Ibeyi – River
Son Lux – Change Is Everything

BEST LIVE ACT
in association with Jack Daniel’s, voted for by visitors to Songkick
All Time Low
Alt-J
Erasure
Thunder
To Kill a King
Twin Atlantic

INDEPENDENT TRACK OF THE YEAR
in association with Spotify
Alt-J – Every Other Freckle
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best
FKA twigs – Two Weeks
Jamie XX – Loud Places
LA Priest – Oino
Major Lazer – Lean On
Mogwai – Teenage Exorcists
Neck Deep – Can’t Kick Up The Roots
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Wiley – On A Level

PPL AWARD FOR MOST PLAYED NEW INDEPENDENT ACT
FKA twigs
Ghetts
Jungle
Ward Thomas

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
in association with dotFans
Bjork – Vulnicura
Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Jme – Integrity>
The Bug – Angels & Devils
The Charlatans – Modern Nature
The Xcerts – There Is Only You
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR
in association with Believe Digital
Epitaph Records
Erased Tapes Records
Heavenly Recordings
Planet Mu Records
Transgressive Records

The winners for the Pioneer and Innovator Awards have already been announced with Digby Pearson of Earache Records taking the Pioneer Award and Peter Quicke, Matt Black & Jonathan More of Ninja Tune taking the Innovator Award.

About The AIM Awards

The AIM Independent Music Awards recognises the real heroes of music; those who do things their own way, make phenomenal music and inspire us all with their creativity, commitment & brilliance.

 Now in our fifth year, the AIM Awards is proud to have honoured a fantastic array of independent artists, labels and industry figures such as: Björk, Adele, Edwyn Collins, Richie Hawtin, 4AD, Hyperdub, The Prodigy, London Grammar, Alcopop! Recordings, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Enter Shikari, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, First Aid Kit, Alt-J, SBTRKT, Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Martin Mills (Beggars Group), Daniel Miller (Mute), Laurence Bell (Domino), Daughter, Vampire Weekend & many more.